Australian wheelchair tennis star David Hall was the guest of honor at a special gathering at the Australian Open on January 22, when family, friends, and special guests gathered to see him receive his official International Tennis Hall of Fame ring.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, Hall is a 6-time Paralympic medalist and the winner of 33 major titles. Hall's six Paralympic medals came across the span of four Games, as he represented Australia at the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Games held in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens, respectively. A career highlight came at the 2000 Games when Hall clinched Paralympic Gold in singles before his hometown crowd. Among his 33 major titles, he won the singles title at the Australian Open wheelchair tennis event nine times in a 10-year span (1995-2005).
Upon his induction into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015, an emotional Hall said, “To be thought of as being a small part of that history is very humbling for me. Tennis has given me more than I could ever repay and for that I will always be grateful.”
At the ring presentation, Hall reflected on his International Tennis Hall of Fame induction weekend in Newport, labeling the time as being among the "most magical three days of his life."
Hall was a competitive junior tennis player from a young age. He was struck by a car at age 16, losing both of his legs in the accident. For many, it could have meant the end of a sporting life. For Hall he turned the situation into an inspiring an extraordinary tennis career. Within a year of his accident, Hall was back on court, learning the nuances of wheelchair tennis. He went on to become a world No. 1 in singles and doubles and to notch an incredible 1000+ match wins, with just over 200+ match losses in his entire 15-year career.
Hall retired from competition in 2006, but remains active in the sport, serving as a Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador for the International Tennis Federation.